|BRIGHT EYES (director/writer: David Butler; screenwriters: story by David Butler & Edwin Burke/ William Conselman; cinematographer: Arthur Miller; music: David Buttolph; cast: Shirley Temple (Shirley Blake), Lois Wilson (Mary Blake), James Dunn (Loop), Jane Withers (Joy Smythe), Charles Sellon (Uncle Ned Smith), Dorothy Christy (Mrs. Smyte), Theodor von Eltz (Mr. Smyte), Jane Darwell (Mrs. Higgins), Brandon Hurst (Higgins), Walter Johnson (Thomas), Judith Allen (Miss Adele Martin), George Irving (Judge Thompson); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sol M. Wurtzel; Fox; 1934)|
|"The first movie Shirley Temple
got top billing."
by Dennis Schwartz
first movie Shirley Temple got top billing. It was
filmed in three weeks and released for Christmas as a
showcase Shirley Temple film. The successful comedy
made Shirley a superstar, who in turn became the most
famous female in the world. Shirley sings her most
popular tune "On the Good Ship Lollipop." David Butler
("The Command"/"Lullaby of Broadway"/"Road to
Morocco") is the director and co-writer, who does a
nice job directing the curly-haired dynamo Shirley.
It's based on a story by David Butler &
Edwin Burke. William Conselman
co-writes the cheerful screenplay. The film is set
in Glendale, California.
pilot father died in an air mishap and her sweet mom
Mary (Lois Wilson) works as a housekeeper for the nouveau-riche
snobs Mr. and Mrs. Smythe (Dorothy
Christy & Theodor
von Eltz). Their
daughter Joy (Jane Withers), around the same age of
five as Shirley, is a first-class brat. When
Shirley's mom is killed in a car accident, three
people try to adopt the orphan, resulting in a court
battle. The parties include the elderly wheel-chair
bound man of wealth Ned Smith (Charles Sellon),
Ned's niece Adele Martin (Judith Allen), and the
pilot Loop (James Dunn), Shirley's father's best pal
and her godfather.
as always plays wonderfully cute. In contrast, Jane
Withers is a scream as the bad girl and nearly
steals the pic.
lightweight comedy was a huge financial and artistic
REVIEWED ON 7/8/2015 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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